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Diabetes Education Program


As a complex disease that impacts nearly 19 million Americans, diabetes requires daily self-management. From making the best food choices to staying physically active, managing diabetes includes a number of different elements. Individuals who have diabetes must also be able to regularly monitor their blood sugar and take prescribed medications as directed. At Fort Washington Medical Center, we understand that managing diabetes can be challenging. That is why we offer a Diabetes Self-Management and Education program for patients, whether they have recently been diagnosed, supporting a loved one with diabetes or have been dealing with diabetes their whole life.

Importance of Diabetes Management

Why is it so important for you to regularly manage your diabetes? If not properly monitored, your health could suffer. Mismanaged diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye disorders, kidney disease, nerve damage, and other issues. FWMC can partner with you to help you understand your condition and how to effectively take care of your health, allowing you to live a full and healthy life regardless of your diabetes diagnosis.

We offer diabetes education through personal one-on-one appointments and classes with our certified diabetes educator. Some of the key educational elements include:

  • The importance of meal planning
  • Making smart choices when dining out
  • Achieving better results with medication
  • Improving physical activity
  • Social and psychological aspects of diabetes
  • Taking control of the disease for a healthier life
  • Having a full team (physician, nutritionist, diabetes educator, etc.

Download our FWMC Diabetes Brochure

About the Diabetes Program Director

Helen’s Story
Helen A. Jenkins has been a Registered Nurse since 2001 working in various areas of nursing ranging from the Medical surgical units to Hematology/Oncology.   Her passion is diabetes and she has an extensive amount of experience working with the pediatric and adult population.  She obtained her certification as a diabetes educator in 2009 and her Master’s degree in nursing in 2013.  Helen is a member of the American Association for Diabetes Educator and the American Diabetes Association.  Helen is an Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, which allows her the opportunity to conduct educational sessions various churches and community centers, along with training new ambassadors to do the same. Helen participates in various Health fairs within the DMV including the annual NBC EXPO held in the Convention Center.  She has extensive training as a Diabetes Advocate to assist parents of children with diabetes regarding fair treatment and resources they need to manage their diabetes.

Helen A. Jenkins, MSN, RN, CDE
Interim Director of Education
Office is located inside Fort Washington NOW Urgent Care
10709 210 MD (Intersection of Indian Head Hwy and Fort Washington Drive)
Fort Washington MD, 20744